Sunday 18 February 2018

'Magic' stage victory for Vichot

Arthur Vichot took the biggest victory of his career on stage six of the Criterium du Dauphine yesterday, as Bradley Wiggins and his Sky team clawed back a dangerous attack from defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans to retain the yellow jersey.

Vichot, a nephew of Sean Kelly's former Skil team-mate and renowned descender Freddy Vichot, soloed clear of a nine-man breakaway group in the final 6km to finish 26 seconds clear of Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel) and Dmitry Fovanov (Astana).

"This is my first win in the World Tour," said an ecstatic Vichot at the finish. "The Dauphine is a mythical race in France and to have done it alone is magic. It's reward for all my personal efforts and those of my team.

Race leader Wiggins and his team were put under pressure as dangerman Evans went clear in a second group, before Wiggins , in a show of strength, finally rode across to the group alone with 44km to go.

Although this group finished a minute down on Vichot, Wiggins continues to lead Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) by 38 seconds overall with Sky team-mate Michael Rogers third at 1:20. Evans remains fourth at 1:44 with two stages to go.

Irish Independent

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